George Woods (Pitt Chancellor)

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George Woods

George Woods was the fifth chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, then called the Western University of Pennsylvania, serving from 1858 to 1880. Although Woods is generally numbered as Pitt's fifth chancellor, he was actually the first head of the university to have the title "Chancellor" as previously heads of the university were referred to as "Principal", a holdover from the institution's academy days. Woods has been credited with creating the university's endowment, founding the science and engineering programs, and dramatically increasing enrollment.

Preceded by
John McLaren
University of Pittsburgh Chancellor
1858 – 1880
Succeeded by
Henry MacCracken